Hitting the road early could be the secret to a traffic free journey home.
New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) spokesperson Rua Pani says people should avoid travel between midday and 4pm.
"It's the worst time. Most people want to spend as long as they can in their holiday location and travel as late in the afternoon as they can. Everyone tries to do that."
She says the good weather will be starting to take its toll on people.
"You'll be a bit tired. Have plenty of breaks, plenty of rest on your drive, lots of water. You just need to be really careful out there, we don't want any more fatalities.
"Even if you're traveling at quiet times, just take those breaks. A five or ten minute break could be a lifesaver."
Motorists are being encouraged to use NZTA's holiday hotspots tool to avoid routes with heavy traffic.